November 8th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Wade Phillips out as Dallas Cowboys' coach

[Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET] Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed in a news conference Monday afternoon that Wade Phillips was out as the team's head coach, and that assistant head coach Jason Garrett will lead the team on an interim basis.

Jones also said he is elevating defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni to defensive coordinator.

"An in-season coaching change is something that I've not done before. It's something that I was reluctant to even consider as late as this this past week. But at this time I believe … what’s in the best interest of the organization and the fans is a coaching change," Jones said.

Jones previously had said that Phillips would finish the season as coach. But Sunday night's 45-7 loss to Green Bay - moving the Cowboys' record this season to 1-7 - helped Jones change his mind.

"I don't like the way [changing my mind] looks stability-wise as far as our organization is concerned – not my own self, but the organization – but I think [the situation] called for it, and I recognized that after the game that we just weren't playing winning football, and our best chance was to make this change," Jones said. "Now with that, I don't apologize to anybody about changing my mind."

Jones said Garrett would have a chance to secure the job long-term - especially if the team has success over the next eight games - and that Garrett has "the temperament [and] the disposition to affect a culture change."

[Original post] Wade Phillips is out as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach following an abysmal performance by the team against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, a CNN affiliate and ESPN are reporting.

Many people were expecting the move (some were demanding it), and the search "wade phillips fired" was trending No. 1 on Google on Monday afternoon.

America's Team is off to a 1-7 start, their worst since 1989, after a preseason full of Super Bowl hype. Fans and observers have placed the blame squarely on the team's coaches.

CNN affiliate KTXA in Dallas said offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, an assistant head coach and one-time Cowboys backup quarterback, will take the team's reins.

Phillips, the Cowboy's seventh coach, compiled a 35-24 record in three seasons with Dallas. Only one of those wins came in the playoffs, a 34-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Phillips' ouster marks the first time the Cowboys have canned a coach mid-season.

Players told CBS 11 that a team meeting was held at 3 p.m. The Cowboys are scheduled to hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

Owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said that Phillips would finish the season, but after Sunday's 45-7 shellacking in Green Bay, he said there would be "consequences" for players and coaches.

soundoff (571 Responses)
  1. Bill - Dallas, TX

    To CSD: Go to hell you ungrateful SOB!! The United States of America has bailed more countries out their own messes than any country in the history of the civilized world. Talk trash about the Cowboys all you want, but leave my country out of's sacred ground..

    November 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    If you took a national poll or vote, you would find a great part of our nation do not think or feel the cowboys are or ever were America's team

    November 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.CommonSense

      EXACTLY! No matter who they try to claim started that person doesn't speak for America. Also, no matter who started they run with the BS and include it on merchandise. This is the real reason they are hated; Because they are pompous and ignorant enough to still call themselves America's Team. The 49ers have won 5 and the Steelers 6 yet you don't see nearly as many despise their franchises.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr.CommonSense

    LOL @ America's Cowgirls!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      I don't care a bit about the name.Everyone loves to throw it around.What I care about is my team.So, guess what, this girl does get it.I love football win or lose,I back my team.One team for life.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CowboyFan

    It's about time! Why did it take this long! Hopefully Jason Garrett is just a short-term thing – he's just as much to blame as Wade is. I've never seen a team with less imaginative play-calling and Jason is the offensive coordinator. Great team, loads of talent, but lousy coaching and the worst GM in the league (Jerry himself). Hopefully, Jerry has enough sense not to hire another "yes" man, but that's probably unlikely.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PhillyGuy

    Dallas sucks! Go Eagles!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      The Eagles are a joke, so is the entire city of Philadelphia, and everyone who lives in and around it. Coming close is the best that the Eagles will be able to say about themselves, they're a gutter team with gutter fans.

      Go Giants!

      November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DM

      LOL the Giants are just one step above that gutter. New Jersey is a nasty city with a team that will not even claim them. lol DALLAS COWBOYS are so many notches above you and your team. NYG has no class at all!!

      November 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harry

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! America's team sucks! Giants & Jets will meet in the Super Bowl. You good ol boys can watch from the golf course (3 par). LMAO

    November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. americas team

    keep hating on us!!! DALLAS COWBOYS AMERICAS TEAM !!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.CommonSense

      Only in your own minds. America's Cowgirls are weak.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kevin

    this guarantees 5-11 for the next two seasons at best woot! go skins!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    of course, that doesn't mean they don't suck and won't continue to suck as long as Jerry Jones is GM. The three teams that America has always loved to love, or hate: 1. New York Yankees. 2. Notre Dame 3. Dallas Cowboys.

    Yankees are still the most hated/loved baseball team
    Notre Dame? Who really cares anymore? They can't recruit the top players anymore. The Mystique is gone.
    Dallas Cowboys? See Notre Dame. Tom Landry had 20 consecutive winning seasons to create America's Team. Jimmy Johnson built a dynasty in the 90's.
    Jerry Jones has done everything he can to wipe out all that glorious history and to make the Cowboys a national joke.
    The only reasons the expectations went up in the last few years was because of the influence of Bill Parcells. He's gone and the Cowboys are done. Jerry still thinks HE won 3 super bowls in the 90s and thinks still thinks that matters 15 years later. A whole new generation of fans has grown up thinking the Cowboys are no different than Detroit. They let them play on Thanksgiving because they're so bad.
    Nothing is going to change.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasSeasonTicketHolder

      Right on Sam.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill


      November 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Susie Que

    That does it for me! If Wade Phillips is gone, I no longer support the Cowboys!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      Then you are a Wade Phillips fan and not a Dallas Cowboys fan.The two are separate.Sorry to see you go.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Gonna miss his genius on the sidelines? All that fire and passion? All those brilliant decisions?
      Give me a break. He couldn't motivate a duck to swim.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Only an idiot like Jerry Jones would fire a head coach almost 2/3s of the way through a season. Is he hoping for a turn around or something? Aren't all of the seats at the stadium already spoken for, for the rest of the season? I guess if you build a $1+ billion stadium your number one concern is the sale of tickets and not the performance of the team, and the well being of the team. The Cowboys suck because they had lousy drafts and made lousy off season moves.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dex from TX

    People are getting the term "Americ's Team" confused w/many things - It'a about the fans -- the DC have fans everywhere (ALL OVER THE US, ETC) ......that's where the AMERICA'S TEAM come from!


    November 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eaglesfan

    The buck stops at the top. Dallas owner should be blamed for the poor results. There are few owners in the league that are capable of taking their teams to the promissland. Dallas, Philla and Washington AIN'T the one. Teams are making huge sums of money and winning the league or the superbowl is not the only thing. The Washington Redskins is the 2nd or 3rd most valuable team in the world and yet the are not winning year after year. Samething with Dallas or Philadelphia. There are few owners that understand the 'Football' side of the equestion but most of them are great marketing people. And that is the problem with teams. We need Jack Kent Cooks to run football teams and creat super teams. So far Dallas, Philla and Washington don't have that kind of owners...

    November 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Coach Ditka


    November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ted

    Wow, with that kind of record maybe it is appropriate to call them America's team. Now if Jason Garrett can just hire a bunch of idiots, continue to lose for two years, and continue to blame Wade Phillips, that name will be perfect.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lady Football Fan

    Ok, everyone saw it coming, but after watching that game, it's apparent that it's not only the coaches fault but a couple of the players needs to be blamed for the Cowboys dismal showing. One player actually stopped from tackling which ended in a TD. Come on – you either want to play and play the hard-fought game or get out. Don't only blame the coaches, but the players as well. This team went to the SuperBowl w/out Tony Romo, so they can do it again.

    And for the football rulers that be: Don't just send a fine in the mail, that isn't how the players are going to learn – they are going to learn by being taken out of the game the first time and then sit out for a game....they'll learn when they loose 2 games worth of $$$$....just a thought.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4ever fan

      Ya how do we address the penalty issue stuff. The Lambeau leap is not excessive celebration, but if 2 Cowboys jump up and chest bump each other or something similar, a penalty flag is thrown.What is that other than stupid.
      I agree, eject the player from the game, because they can afford the fine so it doesn't hit home.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
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